3 brandies

I am a big fan of liquor, brandies in particular, but I don’t have the sense for a particularly verbose review. (I think there’s a certain pretention involved in most liquor reviews, because honestly, you either like it or you don’t – describing it beyond that is a little difficult, but maybe that’s just me. I certainly can’t do it, in any event)

Anyways, here’s 3 very brief reviews:

P. Grassa Fille & Fils Bas Armagnac

This is an armagnac, which is probably my favorite brandy. I am not even entirely sure who makes it, but you can get it at the liquor store by the Belle Meade Kroger. It’s a Chateau du Tariquet armagnac, imported I guess by P. GRASSA Fille & Fils. Actually, it’s imported by Robert Kacher, so I have no idea what “P. Grassa Fille & Fils” is. The distributor? Their A&R rep? I don’t know.This is what the New York Times had to say about it:

Château du Tariquet VSOP, P. Grassa Fille & Fils; $37.

A rusty-orange-colored Armagnac. The nose changes a lot as you drink it, skipping from fresh aromas of raspberries and coconut to brown butter and caramel. It’s smooth, round and makes your mouth tingle.

Here’s what I say: Mmmmm. I also like the plain unadorned bottle with the white label. No stupid frills. Just booze.

Larressingle VSOP Armagnac

Also, an armagnac, but not so great. It has a weird rubbing-alcohol finish. Leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Cool wax stamp on the bottle, though.. If you’re into that sort of thing. Otherwise overpriced and underwhelming.


This stuff is cheap, but amazingly good for the price, if you ask me. There are a lot of cheap cognacs that don’t even compete. This stuff makes Hennessey taste like crap by comparison; not that that’s saying much. Good stuff if you’re on a budget, or even if you’re not.